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South Florida Researchers Report on Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Quality of Life

Dr. Abraham A. Salinas-Miranda, visiting research scholar in the USF College of Public Health’s Department of Community and Family Health, has been published in the August issue of Health and Quality of Life Outcomes.The report is titled “Adverse childhood experiences and health-related quality of life in adulthood: revelations from a community needs assessment.”

Other contributors to the study include Dr. Jason Salemi and Lindsey King, alumna of the COPH, as well as Drs. Julie Baldwin and Hamisu Salihu, former COPH faculty members.

Utilizing a community-based participatory needs and assets assessment, researchers examined how adverse childhood experiences influence adult health-related quality of life in a low-income community in Tampa, Florida.

“It is well known that racial and ethnic minorities in the United States experience a multitude of health disparities compared to non-Hispanic whites,” Salihu said. “Previous research has also shown that exposure to adversity during childhood can also impact a person’s health well into adulthood. Thus, we were interested in further investigating the role and potential mechanisms by which adverse childhood experiences impact adults’ health-related quality of life.”

The researchers worked in partnership with community members and an advisory board from Central Hillsborough Healthy Start’s REACHUP Inc., a community agency providing resources to assist in healthcare equality for families, to collect data.

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